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Even If You Expect Obamacare To Be Repealed, Don't Skip Paying Tax Penalty Now

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:25am

People who think the change in administrations may save them from having to pay a fine for not having insurance in 2016 could be in for a rude surprise.

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Raise Your (He)art Rate With A Workout At The Met

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 4:50am

Seeing a great work of art might quicken your pulse, but the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hoping you'll break a sweat, too. A dance company is offering literally breathtaking tours of the museum.

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Medicare Should Leverage Buying Power To Pull Down Drug Prices, White House Says

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 8:02pm

A spokesman said Tuesday that President Trump does want Medicare to be able to directly negotiate prescription drug prices with drugmakers. Analysts disagree about how much difference that would make.

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Does 1-Minute Interval Training Work? We Ask The Guy Who Tested It

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:46pm

In his new book, researcher Martin Gibala explains that workouts with periods of intense exercise aren't just for the super-fit. They also help make the most of limited workout time.

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Women With Breast Cancer Miss Out On Recommended Genetic Testing

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:03pm

Most women with breast cancer say they want testing to know if they carry BRCA gene mutations that increase cancer risk, but only around half of women at high risk actually get tested.

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The A1C Blood Sugar Test May Be Less Accurate In African-Americans

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:03am

People with sickle cell trait, which includes about 10 percent of African-Americans, can get erroneous readings on a common blood glucose test. That could mean they miss out on diabetes treatment.

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Obamacare Helped The Homeless, Who Now Worry About Coverage Repeal

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 5:04am

Among those who benefited from Obamacare are many homeless people who were able to get Medicaid for the first time. Some are worried about what a repeal of the Affordable Care Act could mean.

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Trump, GOP Lawmakers Back Off From Immediate Obamacare Repeal

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:40pm

Both are now saying it's going to take time to come up with a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Figure at least a year, the president said Sunday.

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Minnesota Moves To Shore Up Health Insurance Market

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:27pm

The Minnesota Legislature passed a bailout to make coverage under the Affordable Care Act more affordable, rejected an option for bare-bones insurance and is floating a state-sponsored public option.

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When Old Medicine Goes Bad

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 4:38am

With drug prices climbing, you may be tempted to keep unused pills and cough syrups past their expiration date. Don't do it, pharmacists warn. And get all medicine out of the bathroom cabinet now.

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Prion Test For Rare, Fatal Brain Disease Helps Families Cope

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 4:38am

Scientists now have a fairly noninvasive way to test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare form of dementia. A similar test, they say, might offer earlier diagnoses of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

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Why Immortality Is Overrated

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 5:54am

Before a health crisis hits, think deeply about the care you want and what you'd like to avoid. Make sure your family and your doctor understand your wishes, says John Henning Schumann.

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Health Insurers Say They Don't Want To Go Back To Being The Bad Guys

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:38pm

Researchers asked health insurance executives what worries them most about Republican plans to repeal and replace Obamacare. They said incentives to keep healthy people enrolled need to be stronger.

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Plan Approved To Fix Misunderstandings On Medicare Therapy Coverage

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:10am

Many seniors are denied coverage for rehabilitation because therapists mistakenly believe that patients must be improving to qualify. A new legal order seeks to clarify the standards.

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Employers Fear GOP Health Overhaul Could Damage Job-Based Insurance

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 5:00am

Large companies in particular — those that have always offered job-based medical coverage — say a poorly thought-out replacement might turn out to be worse for them and their workers.

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Not Getting Enough Sleep? Camping In February Might Help

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 2:04pm

Living most of life indoors can get your body clock out of phase. A fairly painless way to synch it is to spend a weekend camping, researchers say. Even the dim light of winter will do.

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Health Savings Accounts Are Back In The Policy Spotlight

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 1:02pm

Republicans hope to expand the use of health savings accounts to encourage consumers to be more judicious in using their coverage. How do the accounts work?

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CDC Seeks Controversial New Quarantine Powers To Stop Outbreaks

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 4:47am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants more flexibility in deciding whom to quarantine and why. But critics say the changes the agency has proposed raise civil liberties questions.

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With Concussion Risk In Soccer, Headers May Kick It Up A Notch

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 4:03pm

While a large number of the concussions in soccer come from players knocking skulls, heading the ball poses its own threat, a study finds.

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Which Genes Make You Taller? A Whole Bunch Of Them, It Turns Out

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 1:12pm

You'd think it would be a simple matter of looking at a few genes from Mom and Dad. But scientists say they've already found more than 700 variants that affect height and are still counting.

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